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General Anesthesia Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia in Elderly

General Anesthesia Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia in Elderly

Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study shows that senior citizens who go under general anesthesia during medical procedures may experience an increased rate of dementia.General anesthesia is used to make a patient unconscious and unable to feel pa…

Older Workers Still Punching the Time Clock at Age 75 and Beyond

Older Workers Still Punching the Time Clock at Age 75 and Beyond

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — At age 81, Thomas Cooper has had a bout with cancer, and endured a back operation, but neither has convinced him to retire.Instead, five days a week you’ll find him selling men’s shoes at a Nordstrom store in…

The Need to Replace Aching Knees Increasing

The Need to Replace Aching Knees Increasing

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the population ages, particularly those in the Baby Boom generation, people are deciding they want to stay more active and one option is to replace cranky, painful knees worn out from years of use.While no o…

Four Generations Skydive for Washington Man’s 87th Birthday

Four Generations Skydive for Washington Man’s 87th Birthday

KOMO/ABC News(TACOMA, Wash.) — Monty Montgomery had one wish for his 87th birthday. He wanted to go skydiving, and he wanted it to be a four-generation family event.His family granted his wish. Montgomery’s 60-year-old daughter, Donna Haskins, took th…

How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A driver who will be 101 in September backed out of a parking lot near an elementary school in Los Angeles, plowing into 11 people, including nine children.  Fortunately no one died as a result of the incident on …

Super-Agers: How Some 80-Year-Olds Can Have the Memory of a 50-Year-Old

Super-Agers: How Some 80-Year-Olds Can Have the Memory of a 50-Year-Old

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers are looking at the brains of “Super-Agers,” the small percentage of people who retain a sharp mind even as they age well into their 80s.Watch ABC News’ World News report on Super-Agers:

Heart Weakness Common Yet Undiagnosed in Some Older Patients

Heart Weakness Common Yet Undiagnosed in Some Older Patients

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Older people living with heart abnormalities that could lead to heart failure may have never had those abnormalities diagnosed, meaning they miss out on treatments that could help, according to a new study.  But de…

Elderly Binge Drinkers Face Higher Risk of Cognitive Decline

Elderly Binge Drinkers Face Higher Risk of Cognitive Decline

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Women have been told for years that a glass of wine a day could actually improve their health, because it’s good for the heart and brain. But researchers in San Francisco warned Wednesday at the Al…

Higher Doses of Vitamin D Reduce Hip Fracture Risk for Elderly Women

Higher Doses of Vitamin D Reduce Hip Fracture Risk for Elderly Women

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(ZURICH) — Not all studies have drawn positive conclusions about vitamin D. Now a new study published in a prestigious medical journal suggests it can have a powerful positive impact on the elderly, who account for about 75 pe…

Fospice Program Provides Homes for Elderly, Terminally Ill Pets

Fospice Program Provides Homes for Elderly, Terminally Ill Pets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It may be hard for an animal lover to imagine, but many elderly and terminally ill dogs and cats are abandoned by their owners just when they need their people the most.And that’s where the ASPCA of New York City’s “…

Nursing Home Sex Stifled by Safety Fears

Nursing Home Sex Stifled by Safety Fears

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With single beds behind unlocked doors, nursing homes do little to support sex among seniors, argues an editorial that says the elderly — even those with dementia — retain the right to a healthy sex life.The editorial…

Older Adults Pick Better Online Passwords

Older Adults Pick Better Online Passwords

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The old adage, “With age comes wisdom,” continues to be true, even in this youth-oriented tech-savvy world. A new study finds that people over the age of 55 are far better at choosing secure passwords tha…

‘Old People’s Odor’ Exists, But Not Unpleasant

‘Old People’s Odor’ Exists, But Not Unpleasant

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Elderly people do emit a characteristic odor, but it turns out they might actually smell better than younger people, according to a new study published online in PLoS ONE.Researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center…

New Cell Phone for Seniors Released

New Cell Phone for Seniors Released

The Clarity Pal. Image credit: Clarity(NEW YORK) — A cell phone for seniors: it’s not a brand new concept, but there’s a new one hitting the market very soon.Clarity, which is a division of Plantronics, has just announced its new Pal phone…

Elderly Women with Common Heart Condition at Higher Risk for Stroke

Elderly Women with Common Heart Condition at Higher Risk for Stroke

Pixland/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) — Elderly women diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a common type of irregular heartbeat, are at higher risk of stroke than elderly men with the same heart condition, regardless of the use of a common blood thinner to prev…

A New Kind of ER for the Elderly

A New Kind of ER for the Elderly

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Monitors beeping, loud voices and people scurrying about are just a few things people associate with a busy emergency department.  Many people may consider these factors a nuisance, but for older patients, it ca…

Are Temperature Swings Killing the Elderly?

Are Temperature Swings Killing the Elderly?

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — After the warmest March on record, people are already talking about whether a scorching summer lies ahead.It turns out that even small changes in summer temperature may pose a health risk to older adults with chronic medi…

Should Elderly Drivers Need a Doctor’s Note?

Should Elderly Drivers Need a Doctor’s Note?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Many older baby boomers will turn 65 this year — the largest generation of senior citizens ever to own driver’s licenses. The influx of senior drivers may make it the right time to start implementing physi…

TSA Modifies Screening Procedures for Elderly

TSA Modifies Screening Procedures for Elderly

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Transportation Security Administration is hoping to give travelers over the age of 75 a more hands-off experience as they pass through airport security.As part of a pilot program, passengers over age 75 will b…

Elderly Couple Breaks Wedding World Record

Elderly Couple Breaks Wedding World Record

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Lillian Hartley and Allan Marks are officially the oldest newlyweds ever. With more than 193 combined years under their belts, 95-year-old Hartley and 98-year-old Marks broke a Guinness World Record for the oldest…

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